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IGAD says SPLM-IO violated ceasefire in Unity State

Author : | Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IGAD Monitors say the SPLM in Opposition forces violated the permanent ceasefire last month by attacking Guit in Unity State.

In a summary report issued today, the monitors said in the SPLM-IO attacked Guit, which was held by Government Forces, on the 13th of September.

They say the SPLM-IO looted the town and then withdrew, taking a number of cattle with them before the government forces regained control.

The report say that at least five government soldiers and two civilians, both women were killed.
The report said the SPLM-IO commander involved in the incident admitted going to Guit.

“This incident demonstrates a complete disregard of the recently-signed Permanent Ceasefire by a group of SPLM/A-IO Forces in Unity State,” partly reads the report, adding that the SPLM-IO commander said they were provoked.

“Even if there was provocation, this provides no reason or excuse to take this type of offensive action.

The situation in Unity State remains volatile, and it is vital that both Parties respect the Permanent Ceasefire,” the monitors said.

They regretted “the loss of life, especially by the two civilians who should have been able to enjoy peace under the Permanent Ceasefire.”

The monitors urged the SPLM-IO to accept responsibility for this violation and take disciplinary action against the commander involved.

They recommend “that the Special Envoys take all necessary steps to ensure that both Parties comply with the terms of the Permanent Ceasefire, and that in this instance the SPLM/A-IO accepts responsibility for this violation and take disciplinary action against the commander involved.”

They also recommended that the Special Envoys take all necessary steps to ensure that both parties comply with the terms of the permanent ceasefire.

The SPLM in Opposition is yet to comment on the report.

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